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Jul. 12, 2016

How to Give? However You Can

Before our July 4 recess, Rev. Dr. Katie Hays shared why people in her new congregation, Galileo Church, give. This week, Katie explains how they give. I love the image of offering baskets filling up with the multi-colored cards described below. “Everybody has something to give,” they say often at Galileo Church. Amen! I’m also impressed by the number of
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Jun. 28, 2016

Why Give? Because Jesus Gave Us Work To Do

A church that throws parties, enters floats in parades, and shows up at community festivals? These are all aspects of the work Rev. Dr. Katie Hays supports as lead evangelist in her new congregation, Galileo Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. In today’s post, Hays describes how reading scripture with an eye for Jesus’ penchant for announcing the reign
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Jun. 21, 2016

Time to Start Planning

In the heat of summer, as much as I’d like to pretend the leaves will never change, my A/C units will never go back to the basement, and my sandals will ever remain my go-to footwear, I have some sad news to share: fall is coming. For many congregations, fall is the time when they launch an annual time of
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May. 17, 2016

Tell the Old, Old Story

Stories matter. They certainly matter because of what they tell us about the past. Stories also matter, though, because by telling them in the present we come to understand a bit about who we are now. “We owe it to each other to tell stories,” author Neil Gaiman once said. In today’s newsletter, Pastor Bonnie Wilcox reflects on stewardship stories,
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May. 10, 2016

The Power of Vulnerability to Transform Stewardship

These days, it’s not unusual for preachers to stand on the level of a congregation and use a music stand for their sermon notes. But in days gone by, before microphones and screens, it was common to place pulpits high above the congregation. Preachers had to walk up separate flights as they climbed up into the pulpit, towering above their
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May. 03, 2016

The Top 10 Mistakes I’ve Made with Money in Ministry – Part 2

Last week, Ryan Baer shared half of his Top 10 mistakes related to money and ministry. Well, we’ve had a full weeklong “dramatic pause” before delivering the second half. Finally, the completion of his list is below. I’m grateful for Ryan’s wise leadership, and his willingness to share how he’s learned from his mistakes. It’s a helpful reminder that our
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Apr. 26, 2016

The Top 10 Mistakes I’ve Made with Money in Ministry – Part 1

I’m all too aware that seminary professors can become disconnected from the day in, day out, affairs of ministry. While there’s probably something helpful to some notion of an academic “ivory tower,” a place set apart for faculty to think new thoughts, we mustn’t get stuck there. In this week’s newsletter we hear from a pastor who has learned much
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Apr. 19, 2016

Pulling Teeth: Craig Barnes on Preaching Stewardship

Many pastors put off preaching on topics related to stewardship until an annual fall stewardship campaign. I hope our series on preaching and stewardship has surfaced several welcome entry points for addressing the topic more regularly. This week, Justin Lind-Ayres completes the series with his wise — and entertaining — reflection on the Working Preaching video preaching moment, “Craig Barnes
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Apr. 12, 2016

Yvette Flunder on Preaching Stewardship

Today, we continue our series on Preaching and Stewardship in partnership with Working Preacher from Luther Seminary. This week’s video is from Yvette Flunder, senior bishop of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, California.  Yours truly, Adam Copeland, Director, Center for Stewardship Leaders Yvette Flunder on Preaching Stewardship By Adam Copeland Stuff. When I think of
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Apr. 05, 2016

Adam Hamilton on Preaching Stewardship

Today’s newsletter marks the launch of a series on Preaching and Stewardship in partnership with Working Preacher from Luther Seminary. For the next three weeks the email newsletter will also contain a short video, followed by some reflections.  Today, the preaching moment video features Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor of the 20,000 member Church of the Resurrection near Kansas City, Kansas.